The display of my Xperia z3 is non-functioning(i.e. all I can see is a black screen) after an accidental damage due to water-insertion. But all other parts are working fine. The screen responses to touch, I can hear the touch sounds and I can click photographs as well with the camera key.

After connecting the phone with USB cable to my ubuntu laptop, I can browse through the internal storage files on the phone and locate the newly created image files as I click new photographs and take screen-shots. But I can't open any files(images/audio/videos) with errors like "couldn't load image" and "couldn't determine type of stream". However, I'm able to copy new files to the internal storage.

I want to install some screencasting application like vysor on my phone so that I can access it using my laptop. I know this can be done using adb commands but the problem here is that USB debugging is not enabled on my phone and hence I can't find it on the list of adb devices.

Is there any workaround for such situation?

  • see the broken screen tag wiki and other questions therein
    – beeshyams
    Mar 6, 2018 at 11:35
  • So I guess the question here is how to enable USB debugging without a functional screen. Because from then on by using Vysor you can do the rest.
    – papakias
    Mar 6, 2018 at 14:08
  • If the device is online and Playstore activated, you can trigger an app installation via play.google.com
    – Robert
    Mar 6, 2018 at 14:43
  • yeah, primarily that's what I'm trying to do. @papakias Mar 7, 2018 at 9:05
  • Unfortunately, the device is not online :( @Robert Mar 7, 2018 at 9:07


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